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The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesareans, Part 3

While doctors’ fears seem to be that a lower rate of cesarean surgery will mean greater mortality and morbidity for mothers and babies, the statistics indicate this fear is not well-founded. There really is no data showing that higher cesarean rates equate with lower rates of maternal or neonatal mortality (Lake, 2012). Many circumstances where a cesarean is clearly indicated such as placenta previa … Read More The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesareans, Part 3

The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesarean Rates, Part 2

Safe delivery of the baby is one of the most common goals in performing a cesarean section, yet cesareans carry additional risks to infants as well. It is well-established that infants born via cesarean section are at a significant risk for all types of respiratory issues than infants delivered vaginally, often necessitating newborn neonatal intensive care unit admission (Dodd and Grivell, 2011). Cesarean surgery … Read More The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesarean Rates, Part 2

The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesarean Rates, Part 1

This is the first part of a paper I wrote for one of my classes on the public health benefits of reducing cesareans. Please feel free to quote from this as long as you give proper attribution to me and the authors of the cited sources of this paper. Thanks and enjoy! The cesarean section is now the most common surgical procedure in the … Read More The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesarean Rates, Part 1